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Book News: Newly Found Stories By Celebrated Sci-Fi Author To Be Published
Two recently discovered stories by the great Octavia Butler will be published as an e-book this June by Open Road Integrated Media. Butler, who died in 2006, wrote genre-breaking science fiction at a time when it was almost exclusively the preserve of ...

BookBub Raises $3.8M to Help Readers Find E-Book Deals Online
A Cambridge, Mass. startup called Pubmark Inc., better known as BookBub, has raised $3.8 million to help publishers and authors sell their e-books online, according to Chief Executive and co-founder Josh Schanker. The Series A round was led by NextView ...

Diane Keaton: By the Book
There are always several books revolving on and off my bedside table, but the artist Sophie Calle's bright yellow “Blind” is there to stay. It's a reminder of one of the greatest gifts of life — the gift of seeing. Calle begins on a yellow page with ...

Books About Life -- and Cats
As far as books go, it is always the year of the cat. Just take a look at any bookstore and you can find more than a few books about cats (Cat Daddy, Cat Sense, How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You, I Could Pee on This --poems allegedly by a ...

Appeals Court: Book Publisher Must Face Self-Dealing Lawsuit
In doing so, the publishers gained a foothold on somewhat unimagined content technologies of the future. Nevertheless, book publishers are like colleagues in the movie, television and music industries struggling to figure out how to rightfully divide ...

50 Of The Best Kids' Books Published In The Last 25 Years
Little kids may insist you read the same books over and over at bedtime (sometimes more than once in the same night), but that doesn't mean you can't stop trying to add variety to the mix. This new list, compiled by Reach Out and Read -- a nonprofit ...

We Need Diverse Books—Here's How You Can Help!
Today marks the start of a three-day social media event that's been a long time coming. In the wake of the news of an entirely white-washed BookCon this year, as well as some startling stats about the decided and continued lack of diversity in children ...

DK Publishing, "Falling Skies" and Games Workshop Take Sponsorship Role in ...
DK Publishing, "Falling Skies" and Games Workshop Take Sponsorship Role in ...

Want to Write a Book? Consider These 3 Self-Publishing Options.
Self-publishing is no longer for fringe projects. With the mega-success of self-published books such as James Altucher's Choose Yourself and even the Fifty Shades Of Grey series, self-publishing has gained support and respect worldwide. This is also ...

Pro-gay book, publisher face more criticism
The publisher, Convergent Books, also has drawn criticism for billing Vines as "evangelical" and releasing his book alongside traditional evangelical titles by sister imprints in the Crown Publishing Group. Among the authors under Crown's Multnomah ...

What It's Like to Publish a Book with an Independent Publisher
These days, the only thing stopping you from writing a book is yourself. In a world of self publishing, literally anyone can become a published author. Granted, simply writing takes a long tome and pressing publish doesn't ensure you fame and fortune ...

Podcasting Genre Writer Takes On Fourteen Books And Self Publishing ...
Podcasting Genre Writer Takes On Fourteen Books And Self Publishing ...

Books to Watch Out For: May
Handler's first poem in the book, opposite a photo of a young woman in a casual white dress and a flipped hairdo, explains the project: “One morning / we found some photographs. / One morning / these girls stood on lawns. / We looked at the pictures ...

Hit the books this weekend at Friends of the Norman Library sale
Books in more than 60 categories will be offered, including popular fiction, classics, biographies, foreign languages, hobbies, business, science and sports. The sale also will include a selection of hard-to-find, out-of-print books and coffee table ...

Home»News»Business»Torstar Corp. sells Harlequin book publishing company ...
Home»News»Business»Torstar Corp. sells Harlequin book publishing company ...

Book News: New 'Princess Diaries' Books Coming Out — One For Adults
Meg Cabot says she is releasing two new books — one for younger readers and one for adults — starring the gloriously frizzy-haired, flat-chested Princess Mia Thermopolis of the Princess Diaries series. The Wall Street Journal reports that the middle ...

Torstar Corp. sells Harlequin book publishing company to HarperCollins for $455M
TORONTO - Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B), owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, says it's selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million to HarperCollins Publishers. Torstar says the sale will strengthen the financial position of ...

Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day
Here's the drill: This Saturday, May 3rd, is Free Comic Book Day. Walk into a comics shop (you can find the one nearest you at www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator), and they will hand you some free comics. Not any comics in the store, mind you, but a ...

Torstar Corp. sells Harlequin book publishing company to News Corp. for $455M
News Corp. is a media and information services with news and information services, cable network programming in Australia, digital real estate services, book publishing, digital education, and pay-TV distribution in Australia. It's headquartered in New ...

Harlequin books enters new chapter with sale to News Corp. for $455M
The News Corporation building is pictured in New York on Oct. 12, 2011. News Corp. sees profit potential in the tales of princes, sexy soldiers and mysterious millionaires.The publishing company controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch said Friday that ...

Torstar selling Harlequin book publishing company to HarperCollins for $455 ...
Torstar selling Harlequin book publishing company to HarperCollins for $455 ...

Harlequin book publishing company sold to News Corp. for $455M
TORONTO -- After nearly four decades of romance, Torstar Corp. and book publisher Harlequin are breaking up. The owner of the Toronto Star newspaper and other publications announced Friday that it is selling its romance novel division, Harlequin ...

Pro-gay book, publisher face more criticism
The publisher, Convergent Books, also has drawn criticism for billing Vines as “evangelical” and releasing his book alongside traditional evangelical titles by sister imprints in the Crown Publishing Group. Among the authors under Crown's Multnomah ...

Infographic: Sci-Fi Books That Predicted The Future
This fun infographic (embedded below) shows a series of fiction books that were curiously prescient about our future, ranging from From The Earth to the Moon to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Submarines, rocket ships and other pieces of technology were all ...

New 'Princess Diaries' Books Coming, for Older and Younger Readers
It made sense: the series had become a young adult megahit, with sales reportedly around five million copies, and had a couple of films in its wake; and now Mia was 18 years old, with her romantic life sorted out, and cracking the books at Sarah ...

Rupert Murdoch's spring romance: News Corp. buys Harlequin books
About 40% of Harlequin's annual revenue (last year the company generated about $370 million in sales) comes from books published in languages other than English. In contrast, nearly all of the HarperCollins books are published in English. The ...

Three Reasons News Corp Bought Harlequin, World's Biggest Romance Book ...
Three Reasons News Corp Bought Harlequin, World's Biggest Romance Book ...

Diversity in kids' books campaign goes viral after BookCon uproar
BookCon is a readers' convention organized by Book Expo America for this month in New York. When BookCon organizers announced an all-star line up of children's writers-- including Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Rick Riordan and Lemony Snicket -- they ...

McDonald's UK, Kobo Team Up on Happy Meal E-Books
McDonald's UK and Kobo have partnered to offer access to free e-books to purchasers of Happy Meals, the two companies said this week. The program launched Wednesday with the introduction of a new McDonald's UK promotion called "Secret Seven" ...

Murdoch woos book publisher with $415m
So-called bodice-rippers aimed at women readers are a hot category in book publishing. The strength of the genre, combined with the adoption of ebooks, has fuelled growth in trade publishing. E.L. James's Fifty Shades erotic trilogy, for instance ...

12 Irrefutable, Amazing Reasons We Need More Diversity In Books
(See 12 powerful reasons why we need more diverse books, below.) Everyone from librarians in California to school kids in Africa are taking to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram to share their reasons for why the publishing world needs to more ...

Evan Osnos On Not Publishing His Book In China
A foreign author who wants to publish in China can find many reasons to tolerate the demands for censorship. A book, even compromised, might inspire a new generation of readers to demand information from beyond their borders; it might help pay for the ...

These ads explain why books are always better than movies
Everyone with wrinkles on their brains knows that the book is almost always better than the movie. The book can do so much more! Your personal vision is only limited by your imagination! The little details and subtleties are allowed to breath better ...

Old Book Sale buyers on the prowl for next treasure
The sale, run by the Houston County Friends of the Library, can be a logistical challenge for some people. Lilja, a former reporter who's retired from Fort Valley State University, picked up 171 books Thursday, the first day of the sale. The sale ...

Cassady: Feeling good about buying books
Tucked in The Bean Cycle coffee shop in Old Town Fort Collins is the Wolverine Farm Bookstore, formerly the Matter Bookstore. A pleasant surprise to those who walk in to grab coffee and a staple for locals familiar with its treasure-lined shelves, this ...

News Corp. will buy Canadian romance publisher Harlequin
The world's leading publisher of romance novels is expected to be folded into News Corp.'s New York book publishing unit, HarperCollins. Harlequin operations will remain in Toronto. Harlequin publishes the work of about 1,300 authors and churns out 110 ...

One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized
New York City's Posman Books is bucking a trend. Other booksellers — both independents and big chains like Barnes & Noble — are closing stores in Manhattan, but Posman is getting ready to open its fourth store in the city. It's one sign that some ...

Today is free comic book day
When I was a kid, comic books were my jam. I loved 'em. It started with my dad who read the old Classics Illustrated comic books and as he read those, he introduced my brother and I to the DC and Marvel comic books of yore. The exploits of the ...

This woman is writing a VC-backed novel -- & looking for new revenue for book ...
This woman is writing a VC-backed novel -- & looking for new revenue for book ...

The Boston Authors Club: Defending books in the age of distraction
In this place, on May 29, members of a group called the Boston Authors Club will be doing what their predecessors have done going back more than a century: discussing and honoring some of the best books published by this area's authors. The celebration ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Magnificent Vibration by Rick Springfield (Touchstone, fiction, on sale May 6). What it's about: Debut comic novel by the singer (Jessie's Girl) about a guy having a midlife ...

How Much Source Material Does HBO's Game of Thrones Have Left to Work With?
Warning! Some mild “Game of Thrones” spoilers follow. I'll refer to book chapters told from the point of view of characters that have not yet appeared in the HBO series. Read cautiously. So far, the HBO series “Game of Thrones” has mostly stuck to the ...

Test issues no deterrent from books
And textbooks published by McGraw-Hill and Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, divisions of the same company, will make up a relatively small fraction of the district's book load next year. The price tag for those books is unknown. Textbooks in general are produced ...

We Need Diverse Books
There's a reading movement afoot this month—a group trying to grow awareness for diversity in literature. When I first heard of "We Need Diverse Books" just the other day, my knee-jerk reaction was this—that quite frankly, I just want people to read ...

'Game Of Thrones': 7 Biggest Plot Changes From Book To Screen
Her character had been a mystery that readers were dying to unravel, and the TV series grants way more insight into her character than the books do — which is rarely the case in a book-to-screen adaptation. We already knew that Margaery was sly and ...

What's new this week in video, books, movies and music
BOOKS. Larry McMurtry's Charles Goodnight rides alongside Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in “The Last Kind Words Saloon.” Also available this week: • Mariano Rivera, “The Closer”. • Michael Cunningham, “The Snow Queen”. • Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland, “The ...

'Greatest Race' second in series of car-related children's books
And you won't believe the other creative projects the Phoenix author has in the works as his passion for children's books becomes a full-time endeavor. Knowlton is known within the Phoenix business community for his involvement with Bulbstorm, a ...

Small-scale publisher carves niche in digital age
The digital revolution has written a nail-biting new chapter for book publishers. E-books are overtaking their paper-bound counterparts as bookstores vanish and Amazon.com inflicts unrelenting price pressure on a time-honored trade. For all the ...

Book News: Iranian Author Of 'Pomegranate Soup' Found Dead In Ireland
A third book in the series, Pistachio Rain, as well as a free-standing novel called The Margaret Thatcher School Of Beauty, are due out this year. After her family fled Iran in 1979, Mehran moved to Argentina, the U.S., Australia and Ireland. In a ...

Atlanta students given books for summer reading
After Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal greeted students, they had between 20 and 30 minutes to browse books before carrying them home in a tote bag provided by Books for Keeps. Books for Keeps Executive Director Leslie Hale said children need access to ...


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